Research and Writing
Dean followed a first degree in Drama with his first publication (a book on Star Wars in 1996) and then a PhD at the University of Hull, UK. He received his doctorate for a thesis on 'women in science fiction film' in 1999. His research and teaching interests have included American and British cinema, television and theatre, science fiction film, cinema exhibition - especially the picture palaces of the 1920s and '30s, Japanese traditional theatre, and histories of science and space travel. Further project research and study has taken in various historical figures, including: William Fox, Buddy Holly, Jane Austen, George Bernard Shaw, W.G. Grace and WWI nurse, Edith Cavell.
Details of Dean's academic publications can be found here. He is currently on the editorial team for the UK-based journal, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. His latest book, 'Space Sirens, Scientists and Princesses: The Portrayal of Women in Science Fiction Cinema', is scheduled for publication by the US publisher, McFarland in 2018.
Dean has taught in one form or another for over 25 years, during which time, he has worked with students aged from 6 to 92 in postgraduate through to primary education at schools, colleges and universites in the UK and the US. After leaving a full-time post as a Head of Drama at an independent girls' school in the UK, he continued to teach English, Creative-Writing, Mathematics, Theatre, Film, Drama and TV Production in various settings - including through his work as a lecturer at Hull University, as Education Director with Scene Cinema Ltd., and as a private tutor. More teaching experience details can be found here.
Dean has always augmented his academic work with creative activities - as a way to stay 'fresh' and and 'in touch' as a teacher and researcher.
In 2003, he co-founded Scene Cinema Ltd. with screenwriter Jim Hawkins. They worked with many organisations to develop video projects and media programmes for Degree, BTec and Diploma, as well as courses of study for 'gifted and talented' students, 'special needs' students, young offenders and teachers. Scene Cinema also produced award-winning boardgames (designed by Dean) under its imprint Ludorum Games. In 2010, the company acquired the rights to the Melissi Digital Classroom, which is now used to help teachers to deliver language classes in educational, government and military institutions across the world. Dean ceased to be a Scene Cinema/Melissi director in 2016.
Over the years, a number of Dean's drama screenplays have been optioned by production companies and broadcasters. He is currently working with fellow producers in the UK and the US on a number of drama and documentary projects. For further details, please contact Dean. His recent documentary on Philip Larkin (featuring former British poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion) was comissioned by Sky Arts and produced by Icon Films. It was first broadcast in November 2017.
Dean likes gin, sushi and cycling. He is a long-time subscriber to New Scientist and Sight & Sound magazines and travels to new places as often as he can. He has also been deepening his love of Japanese culture by learning the language. So for those in the know: よろしくお願いします。
||More details can be found on Dean's LinkedIn profile here.
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